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Educational Apps for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Following are some terrific apps from 22learn for the iPad (I think some available on iPhone and iPod Touch) that are appropriate for toddlers and pre-schoolers. 22learn have 20 years of experience in the design of fun educational tools. Their apps have all be beta tested by children from their intended age group. They currentlyContinue reading “Educational Apps for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers”

The Mother of all Secret Weapons for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

And so it begins… Gareth has hit the “Obstinate Ones“. He flings himself onto the floor wailing in a heart-breaking “woe-is-me” sort of way whenever he is denied anything. Perhaps the benefit of being a second-time-around parent is that you’ve seen this all before and have a lot more experience up your sleeve. In theContinue reading “The Mother of all Secret Weapons for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums”

The Art of Motivating a Toddler

Ever since that epiphany about jigsaw puzzles and Lego contributing to the development of hubby’s “genius” I’ve been trying to encourage Gavin to do more jigsaw puzzles.  Alas, it appeared I could do no more than get him to mix up the pieces, and pretend they’re food that he “cooks” and serves back up toContinue reading “The Art of Motivating a Toddler”

Toddler Development: The Trials of Disciplining

Of late it feels as if I’ve been reacting to Gavin’s behaviour rather than disciplining him.  What’s the difference?  The goal of discipline is to educate your child.  Reacting is simply placing a bandaid on the wound without identifying what caused the wound in the first place.  If you don’t know what caused the wound,Continue reading “Toddler Development: The Trials of Disciplining”

Toddler Development: Reasons for Acting Out

Gavin tore a book at school yesterday.  He ripped out a page and threw the book into the bin right in front of the teacher.  Clearly, he was seeking attention of some sort.  When the teacher told me about it, I was speechless.  My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach.  His punishment wasContinue reading “Toddler Development: Reasons for Acting Out”

Early Childhood Education: The Power of the Letter "S"

The problem with exposing your child to lots of different early development programs is that you never know which ones are working for you and which ones aren’t.  Then again, when you’ve only got the one child (or two), the idea is to exposed him to as much as you can possibly get your handsContinue reading “Early Childhood Education: The Power of the Letter "S"”

Toddler Activities: Art for the Lazy Mum

Aristotle loves to paint. Unfortunately, I hate to clean up.  So until recently, it was always with great reluctance that I would bring out the paints.  I even tried to minimise the mess by using Crayola Mess Free Finger Paints and Faber-Castell Water Colour Pencils in order to satisfy Aristotle’s need to paint and myContinue reading “Toddler Activities: Art for the Lazy Mum”

Teaching a Toddler to Read

I’ve always felt that I missed the boat with Gavin when it came to teaching him how to read using Glenn Doman flash cards.  By the time I really understood how to teach him to read the Glenn Doman way, Gavin wasn’t into flash cards any more and it seemed pointless to flash cards toContinue reading “Teaching a Toddler to Read”

Review: Antsy Pants Diapers

After expressing my disappointment with the two different cloth diaper pull-ups I bought for Gavin earlier when I was still potty training him during the day time, I was recommended to try Antsy Pants.  They offer a special promotion for new users – get an Antsy Pants diaper cover plus microfiber insert for USD25 withContinue reading “Review: Antsy Pants Diapers”